Advocacy & Early Childhood Systems Building

Child Care Subsidy Quality Requirements: Office of Child Care Policy Memo

Often states reference “parental choice” and “OCC requirements” as to why they cannot limit use of child care subsidy for children in higher star levels in a QRIS.  As can be seen from this Policy Interpretation Question issued by the Office of Child Care in 2011, they have clarified that the CCDF parental choice requirements do NOT prevent a state from establishing quality requirements for recipients of child care subsidy, in

Policies and Practices that Promote Continuity of Child Care Services and Enhance Subsidy Systems: Office of Child Care Policy Memo

This policy information memo from the Office of Child Care provides guidance and state examples of polices to promote continuity of eligibility for child care subsidy in support of continuity for children and families.  Continuity of subsidy is also important to the financial sustainability of providers.  It is one way that states can begin to think about how their policies can strengthen provider capacity to effectively work the "Iron Triangle".

Examining the Definition and Measurement of Quality in Early Childhood Education: A Review of Studies Using the ECERS-R from 2003 to 2010

The field of early childhood education continues to grapple with the issue of understanding quality in classrooms. The lack of clarity in definition (or conceptualization) and related ability to assess (or operationalize) quality has contributed to a reliance on the Early Childhood Environment Rating Scale (ECERS-R), which is often interpreted to be synonymous with the quality of a classroom. Likewise, the ECERS-R (although a measurement tool) is often used to define quality.

Child Care in the American South: Poverty, Costs, and Quality

High-quality child care has been shown to improve the academic success and life adjustments of children living in poverty. During the past decade, many American states have adopted voluntary Quality Rating and Improvement (QRI) systems in an attempt to increase the level of quality in child care. Using data compiled by the National Association of Child Care Resource & Referral Agencies and the U.S.

QRIS in Statute and Regulation

This overview from the National Center on Child Care Quality Improvement provides information on how quality rating and improvement systems are embedded into policy at the state level through statute and regulation.